In the Weeds – Cannabis Law blog

Joe is a frequent contributor to In the Weeds, a blog that aims to help keep today’s cannabis entrepreneur well-informed.

Recent Blog Posts

  • Fox Attorneys to Speak at “Marijuana in the Workplace” Event A hot-button issue for attorneys and business alike is how the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program will affect the workplace. My colleague Josh Horn and I will be serving on a panel to discuss this topic next week! Copyright: jirkaejc / 123RF Stock Photo   The event, “Impact of Legalized Marijuana in the Workplace” will be hosted by the Philadelphia Labor and Employment Relations Association and the Philadelphia Bar Association Employment Law Committee. It will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017... More
  • Josh Horn to Speak at “Next Steps for Medical Marijuana” Event Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program is in full swing. Since permits were issued this summer, the successful grower/processor and dispensary applicants have been working to become operational, and all accounts point to Spring 2018 as the date when patients will be able to receive and use medical cannabis. The launch and continuation of the Program bring many legal questions and challenges for businesses, patients, doctors, and lawyers alike. On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Fox Rothschild’s Josh Horn, Partner in Philadelphia and Co-Chair... More
  • Fox’s Bill Bogot to Speak on Marijuana Legalization at the International Association of Gaming Advisors Best Practices Institute Bill Bogot, a partner in Fox Rothschild’s Chicago office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Cannabis Practice Group, will moderate a panel entitled, “The Highs and Lows of Marijuana Legalization” as part of the International Association of Gaming Advisors Best Practices Institute. The event will take place on Monday, October 2, 2017 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Copyright: rabbit75123 / 123RF  The panel will confront the intersection between legalized marijuana and the gaming industry, with a particular focus on... More
  • Fox Rothschild’s Cannabis Law Practice Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an excellent piece about local law firms that have embraced the legal cannabis industry, despite some of the risks and uncertainty inherent in the business for both lawyers and entrepreneurs. The article explains how important lawyers are for emerging cannabis businesses, and showcases some of the firms on the forefront of Pennsylvania’s budding industry. “Lawyers bullish on cannabis despite risk” discusses Fox Rothschild’s cannabis practice and quotes my colleague Josh Horn, Co-Chair of our practice group.... More
  • Update on Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Practitioner Registry A few weeks ago, I blogged about the establishment of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program’s Practitioner Registry. As I noted there, having doctors registered and approved to certify patients as medical marijuana cardholders is critical for the success of Pennsylvania’s program. In the Department of Health’s Press Release announcing the Registry, the DOH noted that it surveyed close to 200 doctors, and 75% of them indicated they would register for the Program. According to Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Physician General and the Acting... More
  • Pennsylvania Announces Practitioner Registry for Medical Marijuana Program In a July 26, 2017 Press Release, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced the opening of its Practitioner Registry. This marks the next critical step in implementing Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program, which the DOH expects to be fully operational by 2018. Physicians can find out more about the Medical Marijuana Program here and complete the Registry here. Copyright: megaflopp / 123RF Stock Photo Last month, the DOH released final Regulations for Physicians and is now officially soliciting doctors to participate in the program.... More
  • Fox Employment Attorneys Provide Further Analysis on Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Ruling Yesterday, I blogged about the recent decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Court, Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, in which the Court held that an employee could pursue her claims for disability discrimination after she was terminated for testing positive for marijuana. Over at Fox’s Employment Discrimination Report blog, my colleague Justin Schwam has further analysis on the decision. Check out Justin’s post here. Joseph McNelis works in Fox Rothschild’s Blue Bell, PA office and focuses his practice on labor and employment matters. Joe... More
  • Massachusetts High Court Allows Disability Discrimination Claims of Medical Marijuana User to Proceed In a decision awaited by many in the industry, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a licensed medical marijuana user who was fired after testing positive for marijuana can proceed with claims under the state’s “handicap discrimination” statute. The case is Cristina Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing and the Court’s opinion was issued on July 17, 2017. After accepting a job offer from Advantage Sales and Marketing, Barbuto was told she would be required to undergo a drug test. Barbuto,... More
  • Rhode Island Court Finds in Favor of Job Applicant Denied for Medical Marijuana Use In one of the first “employee friendly” decisions on this issue, a Rhode Island state court granted summary judgment to a plaintiff job applicant who sued for employment discrimination on the basis of her medical marijuana use. After the plaintiff disclosed as part of the application process that she was a medical marijuana user and would not pass the required pre-employment drug test, the company did not hire her and she filed suit. The case is Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Corp. via... More
  • Oklahomans to Vote on Medical Cannabis I know that the last thing anyone wants to discuss is the 2018 election, still more than a year away. So I promise – this post will not discuss any candidates, or the President. A ballot measure was recently approved to be placed on the ballot in Oklahoma for the 2018 cycle that could bring medical marijuana to the state. While many state programs have been created by the legislature, some states have done so through ballot measure, such as Arkansas... More